IDCA recently finalized another contract with Huawei Technologies Co., the world's No. 2 telecom solutions provider, for the design of the company's Global R&D Center and Software Factory in Xi'an, China.
This is the latest of several projects for this client. Our relationship began in 2008 with projects for two manufacturing campuses in Donguan, China. Since that time the client has invited IDCA to participate in design competitions with several of the world's premier architectural firms, including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Mulvanny G2, the German firm GMP, RMJM, Gensler, and TFP (Terry Farrell & Partners). In the latest of these design competitions, a panel of expert architects convened by Huawei scored IDCA the highest among the three competing firms.
This research campus is comprised of laboratory/office buildings, dining and conference facilities, and site support buildings totaling over 300,000 square meters spread over a 28-hectare site. Extensive below-grade structured parking is also required.
The challenging project site presents complex issues of vehicular and pedestrian circulation, urban context, and geotechnical features. As Huawei's vision for the R&D campus evolved, IDCA worked closely with them to integrate changing needs into our master plan and building designs. In December 2010, and again in January 2011, we were invited to present a new design concept to a panel of expert Chinese architects and Huawei's CEO. The new master planning concept is based on the deliberate contrast between a pastoral site design and the geometrically rigorous buildings. A serpentine circulation spine connects site open areas with the buildings, which are arranged in pairs to create a series of welcoming entry plazas. The buildings are oriented to the take advantage of the daylight, with narrow floorplates and integral shading devices. The broad, glazed facades float above the site on pilotis, while being framed by a composition of solid metal panels which anchor the composition to the ground.
The campus is expected to support over 15,000 of Huawei's 87,500 employees. The project is slated for completion in 2014. Our work with Huawei has been a collaborative effort between staff in Portland, Oregon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Shanghai, China; Taiwan; and Singapore, proving we can exceed client expectations on a range of architectural challenges, anywhere in the world.